This Week in St. Louis 9/7/15 - 9/13/15


Utah Jazz (Buffalo, New York)
Ski Mask (Columbia, MO)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
The Bubbleheads
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

The disturbing trend of bands using sports team names continues with Utah Jazz, a cutting rock outfit that somehow squeezes weird, dissonant riffs inside tense, straight-ahead songs. The full lineup runs the gamut from heady hardcore to nasty, visceral punk. Fist pump into rusty ducts, baptize in slime.


Henrietta (FL)
Choir Vandals
Jr. Clooney
Blackwater 64
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Henrietta dresses up its indie rock songs in the kind of complex layers fit for a chamber-pop group, but the beats here are heavy-handed, bringing a considerable weight to the overall sound. The local support is three bands strong with recent Florida transplants Staghorn and the math-rock minded Jr. Clooney. The show is roughly one dollar an act, which seems to be a solid theme lately.


Baja and the Blasters (TX)
Soy Babies (TX)
@ Bonerville
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Burners brings together players from Posture, Nos Bos and Q to grind out songs that feel greater than the sum of their parts. Not that the band sounds much like its members' past endeavors, but new punk squalor is always a good thing. Too bad Nos Bos isn't playing though, they could have a solid battle set against Mountain Dew-punks Baja and the Blasters. Soy Babies might be the best band name anyone has ever come up with (dethroning Tree Blood from Minneapolis).

Tü Fest Kickoff Show feat.:
Gymshorts (RI)
Ghost Ice
The Brainstems
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This power run brings short sets by five acts who range from straight-up rock and roll to noise, not to mention the kind of stillborn sounds that sit between the two genres. Gymshorts returns after appearing at last year's Pu Fest, cranking out wiry punk riffs over songs with tons of drive. Ghost Ice kicks off a busy month of (at least) three shows while Veil plays ahead of its upcoming tour. Brainstems are set to release a new record sometime soon, too.


Tü Fest feat.:
Medical Tourists
Fake Surfers (MI)
Times Beach
Muscle Brain
Oozing Wound (Chicago, IL)
+many more
@ 2720 Cherokee
2pm / $20-$30 / all ages
Not to be outdone by last year, the brains behind 2014's Pu Fest have organized yet another weekend of punk meets experimental in a dual stage, rapid-fire set up. The lineup features not only the return of Medical Tourists, but two final shows from Times Beach and Military Police, the brainchilds of one Mark Plant who moved from St. Louis to Chicago last year. Touring acts include two-piece dynamo Ahleuchatistas along with East Coast no-wave demi-gods Sediment Club and more. We can't recommend this show enough. $30 is a bargain.


Bob Bucko Jr. (Dubuque, IA)
Strong Force
Tracy Andreotti + Alex Cunningham
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Bob Bucko Jr. squeezes out deeply personal songs, but his approach to the guitar varies with his mood. For instance, he's as likely to bring a full backing band to build a wall of free-jazz squalor as he is to pull up a chair and command an audience with minimalist songs. With more than 40 releases in the past 5 years alone, "prolific" is an apt descriptor. But that doesn't mean quantity over quality is at play here -- if anything, Bob's output continues to evolve from an already impressive backlog.